Barcelona started the game against SportinG Gijon without their talisman Lionel Messi but with the quality they have in the squad they did not miss him much. Last season’s top scorer, Luis Suarez gave Barcelona the lead in 29th minute while Rafinha made it 2-0 minutes later to put Barcelona in cruise control. Luis Enrique made a few changes at the start of second half to keep the squad fresh for midweek game against Borussia Monchegladbach.
Sporting Gijon 0-5 FC Barcelona Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga 2016-17 Match ]
29′ 0 – 1 Luis Suarez scored in 29th minute to put Barcelona 1-0 in lead.
32′ 0 – 2 Rafinha doubled Barcelona’s lead minutes after Suarez goal to put Barcelona in commanding position as they go top of the table albeit momentarily.
81′ 0 – 3 Neymar openered the flurry of goals towards the end of the match with his first of the nightl.
85′ 0 – 4 Arda Turan madeit 4-0 minutes later with a nicely taken goal.
88′ 0 – 5 Neymar was on target again before the full time whistle when he scored to make it 5-0 and complete emphatic win for Barcelona.
Match Highlights (English)
Having drawn their game against Atletico Madrid, Barcelona missed out on taking advantage of Real Madrid’s slip up against Villarreal but they can go top of the table momentarily with a win over Sporting Gijon as Madrid are playing later in the night.
Luis Enrique is expected to start with Alcacer, Suarez and Neymar upfront as Lionel Messi is set to miss couple of weeks with injury. Suarez will be hoping to produce similar form which saw him score four goals against Gijon back in April 2016/
Luis Suarez became the fist player in history to score 4 goals in back to back league games in any of the Europe’s top leagues.
Team News & Lineups: Barcelona will be traveling to face Gijon on Wednesday without the likes of Jordi Alba, Sandro and Sergi Roberto who were not fully recovered. Which means Pique, Mascharano, Dani Alvez and Mathieu should start in the back four while Busquest to anchor the midfield with Rakitic and Iniesta playing central midfield roles behind the incredible trip of Messi, Suarez and Neymar.
Sporting Gijon are just 2 points away from safety and they will be without Bernardo Espinosa and Roberto Canella who are longterm injuries and two fresh fitness concerns over striker Antonio Sanabria and Dani N’di will cause them to shuffle upfront.
Sporting Gijon has not beaten Barcelona since 1994 and with current Barcelona team hailed as the greatest ever we can safely assume Barcelona to win this game only question is by how many goals. Tune in here for the match highlights and goals video after the match.
After missing several chances, Barcelona finally scored their second of the night when Messi played Iniesta through on the left side and his low cross was bundled home by Luis Suarez at the far post and that opened up a flood gate as Barcelona ran riot in last 20 minutes and scored four more goals to make it 6-0 on the night.
FC Barcelona went into the Sporting Gijon game on Saturday night in third place as both Atletico and Real had won their games earlier in the day. Lionel Messi’s first half strike put barcelona on course but Gijon made life difficult for the defending champions at Camp Nou. Barcelona turn up the head in second half as they put 5 more past Gijon with Suarez grabbing 4 goals in second game in a running. Watch full match extended highlights of the match here.